16 baserunners stranded, a new season high.. You would think with that kind of statistic the Marlins lost this game. Instead, the Marlins chipped away at the Red Sox pen late and managed to come away with a 5-4 win in 10 innings.
The Marlins struggled to string things together against starter Steven Wright, despite a relatively lackluster performance during which he issued five walks.
In the 2nd inning the Marlins loaded the bases via an Cole Gillespie single, an Ichiro walk and an Adeiny Hechavarria infield single, but couldn't capitalize after Justin Nicolino grounded out to end the threat. Again in the third inning, the Marlins had the sacks full courtesy a Derek Dietrich single, a Justin Bour single, and a Gillespie walk. JT Realmuto stroked a ball hard to centerfield but the fleet-footed Betts was able to track it down with no damage done.
The Marlins did get through in the 6th off of reliever Tommy Layne, with pinch-hitter Casey McGehee's almost single plating Realmuto and Dee Gordon's legit single scoring Ichiro from second base. 4-2 Red Sox at this point.
Again in the 7th the Marlins would have the bases loaded, and it appeared they would once again come up empty-handed as Realmuto flied out on a close slicer to right, but then Ichiro hit a long sac fly that brought in Dietrich from 3rd, bringing the score to 4-3 Red Sox.
Neither starter made it out of the 6th. Nicolino's undoing came after he had thrown a passed ball, scoring Xander Bogaerts from third, and then giving up a deep Rusney Castillo triple that scored David Ortiz. His final line came to five and two third's innings pitched, giving up four runs on nine hits, one walk and no strikeouts. Nicolino in particular couldn't keep Jackie Bradley Jr. off base or figure out Mookie Betts, the former scoring two runs and the latter driving Bradley in twice.
The bottom of the ninth rolled around and the Red Sox found themselves missing their closer Koji Uehara. With Junichi Tazawa on the mound in his stead, JT Realmuto singled, Ichiro singled, Tazawa threw a wild pitch allowing both to advance and Hech came through with a sac fly to tie the game 4-4 and send the game into extras.
Dee Gordon decided he didn't want to wait around for long, living up to his Flash moniker by belting a triple past Mookie Belts. After Craig Breslow intentionally walked Martin Prado and Dietrich struck out swinging, Bour came up and delivered a no-doubt single to make the Marlins half of the home crowd happy and end the game in the Fish's favor, 5-4.
Rodriguez vs. Conley tomorrow in game two, 4:10 EST.
Hero of the Game: Dee Gordon (+.271)
Goat of the Game: Craig Breslow (-.372)
Play of the Game: Dee Gordon triple to left in the 10th (+.302)